Mary's Hope is a village in the Welgelegen resort of the Coronie District of Suriname. The village can be accessed from the East-West Link.[1]

Mary's Hope
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Mary's Hope is located in Suriname
Mary's Hope
Mary's Hope
Location in Suriname
Coordinates: 5°52′37″N 56°19′00″W / 5.876944°N 56.316667°W / 5.876944; -56.316667Coordinates: 5°52′37″N 56°19′00″W / 5.876944°N 56.316667°W / 5.876944; -56.316667
CountryFlag of Suriname.svg Suriname
DistrictCoronie District


Mary's Hope started in 1817[2] as a slave plantation, producing cotton, owned by Edward Conolly[3] who was originally from Ireland. 138 people were enslaved on the plantation at time of the emancipation of slavery in 1863.[2] Later, the plantation changed ownership several times, and was in a neglected state. In 1872, Mary's Hope was the fourth largest settlement in the district of Coronie.[2]

On 15 December 1874, land was donated to a Roman Catholic mission to built a school, a church and a rectory. In 1875, a little church was built. In 1884, Peter Donders was the parson.[2] Mary's Hope had developed into the most important parish in Coronie. In 1892, the Church of Immaculate Conception was constructed. The church was built by Frans Harmes who also constructed the cathedral in Paramaribo.[4]

In 1922, Father J. de Kort embarked on a plan to create a rice polder. In 1935, the Sint Jozef vereniging[5] was founded, a cooperation of rice growers,[6] and Mary's Hope has developed as a rice growing community.[5]

The village is connected to the electricity grid, but has no telephone connection.[1]


  1. ^ a b Plan Bureau (2014). "Planning Office Suriname - Districts 2009-2013" (PDF). Planning Office Suriname (in Dutch). p. 82.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mary's hope". (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Plantage Mary's Hope". Suriname Plantages (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Distrikt Coronie". (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Coronie Nieuws". De Surinamer via (in Dutch). 16 November 1946. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  6. ^ G. van Kempen (1992). "ONTSTAAN EN ONTWIKKELING VAN DE ST. JOZEF POLDER" (PDF). Kronieken 1842 R.K gemeente Coronie (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 February 2021.